Issues in Youth Ministry

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Here are some of my thoughts of issues in Youth Ministry that needs to change:

1. The role of the youth pastor. He is no longer a buddy buddy to students - let him equip students and families.

2. The role of Family. Family is HUGE!! Get their involvement.

3. The role of God. Sure God is said to be central but let's focus on the triune roles of God.

4. Exposing the lies. Let's give Hope to our Students - none of this Battle cries or all students are abandoning the faith.

5. Pride. Don't depend on the youthworker or the church even to Rescue students ... God is still in control.

6. The role of the church. Get away from programs. Be the Church.

7. Comparisons. Recently I asked a fellow youth pastor, how many kids do you have now (I haven't seen him in awhile) His response: 35. I was like WOW ... you must of adopted some. His natural response was to compare and say youth group size - not his Family.

8. Soulcare. Leaders need to tend to their souls to help in turn point people to the one who is healing them.

9. Leadership. Too often good leaders are hard to find.

10. Theology. Theology and methodology is a big issue either helping or hurting the youth ministry as a whole.

What is the future for youth ministry? Only time can tell. My prayer is that youth ministry reflects the Church and Jesus to the World.

1 Responses to “Issues in Youth Ministry”

  1. Anonymous Mike Paris 

    Ref 1. If you call him pastor, he had better be able to pastor (lead, care-give, counsel, disciple, preach, serve, etc.) This has been one of my largest hurdles in ministry. I lobbied for associate pastor title at our current ministry assignment. It has helped. It makes a whole lot of difference if people view you as the associate rather than the young, youthful pastor or the "don't you want to get a church of your own someday" pastor.
    On the other hand some of our colleagues have not helped themselves by hanging out with teens, dressing like them, talking like them, being buds with them and trying to "out-teen" the teens. This is especially embarassing when the teen-wannabe has a balding head, a middle-age spread, and a replacement knee.
    Set the standard high -- we have a high calling!

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